This group focuses on settler colonialism as a distinct form of colonialism, separate from imperialism, and with different implications for postcolonial theory. Settler colonies include Palestine, the former Russian Empire, Australia, North America, etc.
Ukraine’s current fight against Russian aggression carries deep historic resonances which we ignore at our peril.
Post-communist Ukraine is in the midst of implementing reforms which it missed for centuries. It gradually evolves into a unique geopolitical entity which, finally, acquires a fair chance to be consistent and self-sufficient. However, if the West takes a neutral stance today – as it frequently happened in history – a “decentralized” Ukraine…[Read more]
The article outlines the geopolitical rationale behind contemporary Russian expansionism, as well as presents the asymmetric and “hybrid” mechanisms utilized by the Kremlin to solidify its authority in the post-communist space. To do this, the article refers to the findings of American, British, Polish and Ukrainian intellectuals on the nature of…[Read more]
Rebecca Ruth Gould deposited “The Aesthetic Terrain of Settler Colonialism: Katherine Mansfield and Anton Chekhov’s Natives” (2018) in the group Settler Colonialism on Humanities Commons 1 year, 3 months ago
While Anton Chekhov’s influence on Katherine Mansfield is widely acknowledged, the two writers’ settler colonial aesthetics have not been brought into systematic comparison. Yet Chekhov’s chronicle of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East parallels in important ways Mansfield’s near-contemporaneous account of colonial life in New Zealand…[Read more]
Rebecca Ruth Gould deposited “Topographies of Anticolonialism: The Ecopoetical Sublime in the Caucasus from Tolstoy to Mamakaev,” Comparative Literature Studies 50.1 (2013): 87-107. in the group Settler Colonialism on Humanities Commons 1 year, 10 months ago
While ecocritical poetics have effectively challenged epistemologies of nature and culture, scholars such as Heise, Huggen, Nixon, and Garrard have critiqued this emergent field’s geographic and cultural provincialism. Seeking a rapprochement between Caucasus vernacular literatures and a literary-theoretical movement (ecocriticism) still dominated…[Read more]